Frugal Shunpiker Guides

Have you ever heard of ‘shunpiking’? I hadn’t until I read Marianne Edwards three books about frugal boondocking and shunpiking through the southern US, appropriately called RV Travel Guides: The Frugal Shunpikers Guides To America. They will show you how to winter cheaply in the U.S. in your RV.


I was very impressed by all four of these books, one each for New Mexico, Arizona,  Texas, and Utah. They detail suggested routes for touring these states, complete with boondocking spots along the way.

Of particular interest to Canadians is that fact that Marianne is a Canadian! I’ve heard great things about how cheap it is to boondock in New Mexico, but her book on the state is the only resource I’ve found that explains in detail how a Canadian can benefit from the New Mexico parks policy.

Complete with a comprehensive table of contents and index, maps, and pictures, these e-books are very professionally designed. My favourite part is the ‘tips’ sidebars.

The books will also appeal to campers (ie. tenters) as Marianne offers plenty of information for them, too.

In addition to boondocking information, she also offers suggestions for what to see and how to get there. In short, all four books about frugal shunpiking through the southern US are comprehensive tomes on how to get to the state and tour the state frugally while making sure that you see what needs to be seen.

Even though Marianne writes from years of experience on the subject, she still doesn’t purport herself to be an expert on the subject, but rather makes it clear that the books are based on her family’s experience. They therefore make good travelogues also, even if they are not written in that style.

As a bonus, if you buy all four books at once you get a fifth bonus book, Basic Boondocking: A Frugal Shunpiker’s Guide!


Marianne and her husband travel in a small class B camper van, so different from my spacious class C. I still found a lot of the information to be relevant to me. Ontario boondockers and snowbirds will benefit from reading the section about OHIP coverage. Two pictures in this book will sell you on the concept of boondocking and alone are worth getting this book. One shows the view when boondocking in the southern US, while the other shows the view when staying in a campground.

The holiday season will soon be upon us and I believe that RV Travel Guides: The Frugal Shunpikers Guides To America would make a fantastic gift for the RVer in your life or even the armchair traveler.

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  • Yes, Yes !! Marianne’s guides are well done. She tells you exactly how to get to the best boon docking sites, roadside turnouts, and attractions. ( she will also tell you what to avoid ). I love how her and Randy can travel for months at a time, and spend very little….remember…the best things in life, aren’t things !! It is the memories and magic of the road. Marianne also has a very informative web site that I frequent regularly. Thanks Rae, for bringing up this wonderful lady, with all her experiences.
    As always, safe travels, Rae !

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  • can i buy hard copies of these guides or are they only available as e-books? my wife likes a real book she can hold in her hand. thanks

  • I’m pretty sure they are only available as ebooks, but you can contact the author to be sure:

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